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...based around something new that the U.S. government is developing. Sort of, a private company is doing it for the U.S. government.

I searched the TM database, and found 0 conflicts.

Could I still be sued? Legal action taken against me? I'm pretty nervous right now - can't decide whether I've got a few nice nuggets or garbage! lol..

Comments (8)

Just because a TM is not registered with USPTO, does not mean they do not have TM rights stemming from use...

Comment #1

Ok, let's see what we have here....

You admit to the existance of the company..

You admit the brand being "built"..

You admit it is of commercial value..

You admit to the intent of why you registered the domains...

Comment #2

That still doesn't mean he can't use the domains for a legitimate purpose even associated with the brand. He has only registered the name he has not admitted yet to any usage. I would give him benefit of the doubt and like to see him make some cool pages concerning information regarding these brands and offer them as a free non-commercial purpose...

Comment #3

He didn't say he reg the brand. He said, "based around something new that the U.S. government is developing". For all we know the item could be a LaserStunGun which will be branded as "whatever". If he reg laserstungun, then it's a generic...

Comment #4

Http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Dog.

And http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1czBcnX1Ww.

I reg'd domains about the Big Dog robot...

Comment #5

From my limited experience the name Big Dag was given by the company, not the government. They could certainly TM this for civilian use.

A quick search shows a Big Dog motorcycle brand and Big Dogs clothing as well.

I think you can avoid problems but I am not sure that you will be able to prosper much from this unless they commercialize the product and license dealerships...

Comment #6

I agree, these are certain limitations of fair usage. It what wasn't said, like "I what do create a forum or discussion site..." along wiht registering "several", that shows trying to capture traffic form several different sources (traffic is only important if you are looking to make some $$$) based on something someone else is developing. ^^^^ and that would be ther porper way to handle something like this, also, note the "free non-commercial" part.

PS- and this is how you spur conversations to show both sides (someone here knows what I mean) robotics... out.

Motorcycles... out.

Clothing...out.

Maybe a nice webiste about... big dogs.

But is all honesty, I am sure there is another word in the domain along with "bigdog" that could hurt the OP...

Comment #7

You can't do a website about "big dogs" if your domain is bigdogrobot.xxx!!!..

Comment #8


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